A native of St. Leo and descendent Hugh Dunne (an early pioneer of St. Leo and San Antonio) Richard is a third generation Commissioner in this, his second opportunity to serve St. Leo on the Town Commission. He first served the Town as a Commissioner from May 1995 through his resignation in November 2012. Within that period, he served as Mayor from 1996 until 2000.
Following graduation from Pasco High School, Richard entered the US Navy. After completion of the Naval Nuclear Power Program, he served onboard the USS Nimitz from November 1980 to November 1984. His next duty assignment was Naval Recruiting District Miami, where he was named the Area Three (SE USA and the Caribbean) Nuclear Coordinator of the year in 1986.
After his eight year enlistment ended in 1986, Richard worked at the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant in Florida City until 1992 before moving back to St. Leo.
Richard has been married to Clare Christmas for more than 25 years and they have 4 adult children.